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DIY Gummies for Dad!

DIY Gummies for Father's Day! / via Oh Joy!

Happy weekend and happy almost Father's Day! Here's a fun last minute treat you can make to help you tell Dad just how awesome he is...giant, homemade gummies! You can make them at home with a few ingredients, place them in a small jar, and top it off with a sweet note! Here's how...

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3 ways to furoshiki with 3 different gifts...

Three Ways to Furoshiki with Three Different Gifts... / Oh Joy!

When I went to Japan several years ago, I became obsessed with Furoshiki—a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth that's super multifunctional. You can wear them as scarves, use them as wall hangings, or even to wrap presents! So often, I want to give a gift that doesn't have a box or comes in an odd shape, and a furoshiki comes to the rescue. So today, we're showing you THREE different types of gifts you can put together to give friends and family with three different ways to wrap them using a furoshiki! Here's how...

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three things to do with instant film!

3 Things to Do with Instant Film / Oh Joy!

3 Things to Do with Instant Film / Oh Joy!

My kids love using instant film cameras. However, the film isn't cheap so I try and save it for special occasions and trips where they can take a bunch all at one place. We recently went to The Flower Fields at Carlsbad and I thought it would be the perfect time to let them get snap happy, and the results were incredible! I've always wanted to turn my kids' photos into art, so we did, and today we're showing you how you can do the same. Here are three cool ways that go beyond sticking instant film on the fridge...

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ways to give back on giving tuesday and any day...

Ways to Give Back / Oh Joy!

As we head into the holidays and the season of giving gifts to our loved ones, I always think about how lucky I am to be able to buy those gifts for people I love. I also think about those who aren't getting special presents or aren't in the position to be able to give the same joy to their kids due to their particular circumstances in life.

Today is Giving Tuesday which supports and encourages giving back to your community and to others in any way you can. I take my team on a lot of fun and visually-inspiring field trips around Los Angeles, but recently we spent some time—not taking photos at an Instagrammable museum—but volunteering. We went to a local organization, Baby2Baby, that provides essentials for children and families in need. As we were packing bags of donated items for specific kids and seeing the basic items (clothes, shoes, blankets, toys, books) that they needed and just don't have, it can break your heart and also make you appreciate every day that much more.

If you are looking for ways to help give back in some way, here are a few...

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do something nice!

do something nice printable / oh joy!

In celebration of today's Do Something Nice day, we created this fun printable PDF for things you can do with your kids to encourage and teach them to do nice things for others. It's filled with kind gestures that you can do together like bringing someone flowers, baking a sweet treat for a friend, or sending a note to a family member who lives far away. It's set up a bit like a treasure map so you can see your progress as you go...

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Make Someone Happy - No. 09: A Blooming Surprise...


With the start of summer just around the corner, flower season is in full bloom (no pun intended) around here. So, for this month's Make Someone Happy video, we're sharing a simple and fun way to surprise someone: an archway of flowers! Whether you're welcoming someone home from the hospital after they've had a brand new baby, wishing a friend a happy birthday treat, or just sending an "I think you're awesome" surprise, it's a pretty treat to leave for someone to come home to.

We simply used vine-covered wire and floral tape to wrap and secure the flowers (dusty miller, spray roses, stock, and peonies) to whatever length of floral arch you want. You can even make a tiny one, like I did to the left of the door. I simply secured both arches to the doorway with clear push pins.

Thanks so much to Yasmine Floral Design for being my guest this time, and to Individual Medley for sharing their beautiful space!

P.S. You can follow along with all the Oh Joy videos by subscribing to my YouTube channel right here!

{Video: ModShift. Music: Fremont, licensed from With Etiquette. Production assistants: Julia Sir and Casey Brodley. My floral blazer from A-Thread.}

Make Someone Happy - No. 08: Leave a Little Thanks


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When I was little, my mom always told me to tell my school bus driver "thank you" when I exited the bus. I didn't realize why it was so important at the time, but over the years, I've realized how many people make our lives better as part of their jobs and rarely receive a thank you. And for me, it's fun and easy to stick thank-you notes wherever I go! So I encourage you to take a moment to not only thank the people you see face-to-face in your everyday life, but also those you rarely get to see or thank personally. It's so easy and can mean so much.

P.S. You can follow along with all the Oh Joy videos by subscribing to my YouTube channel right here!

{Credits: Video: Modshift. Music: "Empty Handed" by Teemster, licensed from With Etiquette. Production assistants: Julia Sir and Michelle Tu. Special thanks: Michelle Tu. My outfit: dress by Steven Alan from Broome St. General Store, shoes by Shoemint.}

Make Someone Happy - No. 07: A Bright Morning...


Oh Joy | Rainbow Pancakes

Oh Joy | Rainbow Pancakes

For this month's Make Someone Happy video, I wanted to make one of my favorites meals—breakfast—just a little bit brighter. So whether your special someone loves pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, or porridge for breakfast, I hope this inspires you to create a twist on their favorite morning meal.

I used this recipe to make the pancake batter (you can even use a store bought pre-made mix), and added just a drop or two of food coloring to small portions of batter to make a rainbow stack of sweetness. I topped the pancakes with berries tossed in maple syrup and a little powdered sugar...and voila!

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{Brought to you by Oh Joy. Video by Jenner Brown. Music by Trimountaine licensed from With Etiquette. Still photos by Oh Joy. Props used in the video: gold flatware from Design Within Reach, small colorful bowls from past season at Anthropologie (similar) and Mud Australia, neon pink polka dotted napkin by September Designs. My outfit: top by J.Crew, necklace c/o A-Thread.}

Make Someone Happy - No. 06: Write a Song

Last month, we wrote a letter to express our feelings. So this month I wanted to take it one step further and create a song! Now, we're not all songwriters or singers (um, I am completely tone deaf!), but that doesn't mean you can't put some of your thoughts down to a simple melody to sing just for fun. So with the help of my friend, Brooke White, I made a song for my Valentine: my husband Bob.

Here are Brooke's easy song-making tips:

1. Write down a bunch of sentences about your subject to create the lyrics. For example: How did you meet? What does he or she like? What are some of the characteristics you like most about them?

2. String those  sentences together to create a verse. Rhyming is always a fun way to make sentences flow together, so for our song, we'd come up with the first line, then write the next line so that the last word rhymed with the last work of the previous sentence. You can even rap this part, like we did!

3. Create a chorus. Also known as the hook, this is the part of a song that repeats over and over in between verses.

4. Make up one more verse with another set of facts—more fun things to say about your subject!

5. Put it all together with simple melody. We rapped the verses and sang the chorus to a very simple tune. Pull out the tambourine, maracas, or just clap your hands to accompany the song!

I hope this inspires you to create and sing a little song for your Valentine.

P.S. A huge thanks to Brooke for lending her talents (even while under the weather)!

{Video by Modshift. Special Guest: Brooke White.}

Make Someone Happy - No. 05: A Little Letter

The first four videos from my "Make Someone Happy" series have involved making something—an actual object or surprise—to bring joy to another's day. For the next couple, it's all about bringing that joy to someone by telling them how you really feel about them...which is sometimes the hardest thing to do!

And if you need a little help, feel free to use my handy fill-in-the-blank letter to get you started...

{Video by Modshift. Music: "Love Me, Love You" by Trimountaine, licensed from With Etiquette.}